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Mayweather vs Ortiz: Floyd Questions Victor's Background Story

Floyd Mayweather Jr is playing some mind games with Victor Ortiz this week. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
Floyd Mayweather Jr is playing some mind games with Victor Ortiz this week. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

At today's press conference in Las Vegas, Victor Ortiz and Floyd Mayweather Jr both said plenty, but it was Mayweather who delivered possibly the most interesting line when near the end of his time at the podium, he questioned Ortiz's much-promoted life story.

"I know the real truth," said Mayweather. "That his father didn’t leave. But it’s good for TV. His father didn’t leave. He went to high school in California."

The Ortiz backstory, for those who are under a rock and haven't heard it by now, is that both of his parents left at an early age, leaving Ortiz and his younger brother Temo to fend for themselves. Mayweather is certainly not the first person in boxing to question how truthful the story is, but until now he hasn't said much about it.

Really, it's just part of Mayweather's mind games. It would go right alongside Floyd inviting Ortiz's former trainer Robert Garcia and rival fighter Brandon Rios to the fight, which he did yesterday.

More quotes from the presser after the jump.

Here are some more quick quotes from the press conference.

Floyd Mayweather Jr

"I don’t have to knock his trainer. Knock him. Discredit none of what he’s done. It’s obvious he got here from doing something right."

"You know my record. You know everything about me. You know everyone I fought. I don’t have to brag. I don’t have to boast. I’m gonna execute the game plan. I’m gonna go in there with class, and leave with class."

"If it’s an easy task or a hard task, I put in the hard work."

"It won’t go the distance."

"Actually you shocked me when I seen the surfin’ [on 24/7]. I was like, ‘Oh shit!’"

"Mosley went into survival mode. Don’t go into survival mode. ‘Cause I’m not gonna go into survival mode. The trainer said I’m a dirty fighter. I gotta say, when have you ever known boxing to be a clean sport? Boxing is a dirty sport. That’s the way it is."

"I know he’s got a problem making weight. … Come Saturday, it’ll be the same Mayweather, and I’m pretty sure he’s gonna be the same Victor Ortiz. But the difference between me and you is I can adjust, and adapt. I’m versatile."

"If nobody believes in Floyd Mayweather, I believe in me."

Victor Ortiz

"I’m gonna teach you what it feels like to have that one on your record, bro. I have two, so, psh."

"41 of those weren’t me. 41 of those couldn’t move like me. Somebody’s scared, but you know what, I’m gonna put you on your ass."

Danny Garcia (Victor Ortiz's Trainer)

"He was one of the best fighters. He was pound-for-pound champion. But now it’s our time. We’re here to beat him. Victor’s ready to do everything he can to take the victory. Victor trained very, very hard. He ran hard. He did everything we told him to do. He’s here to take over his place. He’s gonna be the number one pound-for-pound. For sure. He is. He will. I wanna tell something else to Floyd. Thank you for this opportunity, Floyd.

"I also wanted to tell you that at least for this time, fight a good, clean fight for the people. Listen, listen, listen. We all know how you fight. ("Yeah. I win.") Just don’t put up your elbows ("Don’t cry and complain.") When you turn your back so much — ("I am a scared fighter. I’m a scared fighter who has dominated the game for 16 years.")

Erik Morales

"It’s going to be a great fight. I just want to let you all know we’re here, and I hope to win. I say I hope because it’s never written. But I’m very confident that we’re going to come out with our hands up."

Pablo Cesar Cano

"This is a big challenge, but I’m ready, and I’m looking forward to it."

"I know I’m very young, and a lot of you out there might think I’m inexperienced or it’s too early. But I’m going to prove you all wrong. I’m going to show you what I’m capable of."

Jessie Vargas

"It’s a pleasure to be on such a great card with legends. … Training camp has been coming along very well. I’m very happy with my new trainer, Roberto Alcazar. … I feel very strong. I feel very fast. I’m looking forward to come out with a victory — not just a victory, a knockout victory."

Josesito Lopez

"I couldn’t be more excited to be here, and for everyone to see the talent I can show in the ring."

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